Sheffield United: Future of loan star Chris O’Grady cast in doubt after Brighton boss Sami Hyypia resigns

Chris O'Grady will make his Sheffield United debut
Chris O'Grady will make his Sheffield United debut

Sheffield United face an anxious wait to see if Brighton and Hove Albion’s change of manager affects the future of loan striker Chris O’Grady.

Former Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia resigned from his post at the Amex yesterday, with his side in the Championship relegation zone.

And United manager Nigel Clough will hope that Hyypia’s replacement will allow O’Grady to remain in South Yorkshire, especially after the former Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Rotherham United striker opened his account for the Bramall Lane side on Saturday in their 1-1 draw with Walsall.

The striker signed a temporary deal with United to remain in Sheffield until January. But after falling out of favour under Hyypia, both Clough and O’Grady had hoped that a longer-term arrangement could be agreed.

“It’s important to get off the mark as a striker and we’re delighted Chris managed to do that,” Clough said.

“He’s shown enough in his two full 90 minutes to suggest he’ll cause a real problem for defenders. It was a nice, composed finish and hopefully that goal is now the first of many.”